Burn the heretic, he has cast doubt on the almighty..
There's no doubt about it, if you want to start a flame war in the tech community then there is no better place to start than the world of the Linux Distro. When it comes to waving the collective wand around, Linux fanboys are notoriously hardcore and put even the most ardent Mac vs Windows debate to shame.
When it comes to versions of Linux there are two big players here with Ubuntu in the one corner which without a doubt shook the Linux world by its coat tails and brought as promise Linux to a wider audience. It's changes are seen by many as potentially disrupting there is no doubt Shuttleworth the companies talismanic Jobseque leader has a grand plan, and that alone is making Ubuntu in many quarters mean Linux.
Then there is OpenSUSE the distro has been around since the dawn of time, ok it hasn't but it feels like it. The original desktop Linux OS lost a lot of ground to Ubuntu and has been occasional confusing, so how many built in package managers do you need?
As an Ubuntu user at heart, switching distros can bring a whole new world of pain, and especially on my Laptop I just want things to work, I'm not using it to tweak, tinker and fiddle with, I need a distro which I can just install, update, reboot and get working.
Ubuntu 13.10 unfortunately is not that distro, not this time round anyway. I'm not sure if it was the Intel Graphics card and Mir, the SSD or what it was out of the box a fresh install on a 16Gb machine with a 512Gb SSD and i3 process was sluggish. Noticeably slower than 13.04// I tried for an hour or two to get things working, to no avail..
My usual goto distro for times like this was Sabayon, however Gnome 3 is god awful (cue another possible flame war) not Gnome 3 in general, just Gnome 3 on the version of Sabayon, again, it just seemed a bit disjointed..
Hail the old man of the lizard, OpenSuse, i've had a bit of a love hate relationship over the years, however downloaded the DVD install onto a USB and off we went.. update, reboot, boom.. KDE4 snappier than a hungry turtle..
The core OS seems to do some good hardware detection on install, and put the screen into the right resolution out of the box, the HDMI port worked too for the second screen. I guess being a DVD there was more software on the outset installed. I love the way the install of KDE themes the Gnome apps right as well.
KDE as i've said before seems to provide you with more screen real estate same resolution, just seem to have more screen than Gnome 3 or Unity. KDE 4 has grown up since its early abysmal start and I thought OpenSuse was one of the distros which showcased KDE as it's main GUI, however was told in no uncertain terms on a form that OpenSuse is a Gnome showcase.. either way this is one of the few distros which has got KDE4 right.
Getting to grips with YAST is while not a pain, can be a bit confusing, I am left wondering why the KDE Settings can't be rolled into YAST and have everything in a single interface.
I'm finding OpenSuse to be more of a challenge in a good way